Best Laid Plans

Written by Anna Claire Hodge. Edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka. In the photo, I’m wearing unflattering overalls; my arms are thrust high in the air and light pours through the atrium of the dead mall. It’s not where I’d imagined spending our first anniversary, but my face was joyous and like a child’s. The movie Jide… Continue reading Best Laid Plans

Summer Growth Spurts

I've started calling this season "The Summer of Big Girl Decisions," named for the surplus of opportunities to make choices that change the course of my life. As I approach the laughably young year of 22, I've attempted (blunderingly) to take ownership of the things and places I do and go. It's a task I've… Continue reading Summer Growth Spurts

Passport Perspective

Written by Chloe Lyden. Edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka. Over the past few years, I have developed a love for airplanes. Not the cramped, smelly, delayed situations, but the experience an airplane allows to its passengers. After countless flights in the past few years, I manage to get the same, proud, blissful feeling in every seat… Continue reading Passport Perspective

Renaissance Woman

At first glance the Renaissance woman has been a romanticized figure in history. The porcelain paintings of upper class damsels sum up her original role quite well: to be seen, not to be heard, not to be louder than the grandiose men of her time. Rare queens gave the Renaissance woman images of power and… Continue reading Renaissance Woman

Better Together

Last week, family and friends gathered to honor the life of my great aunt Elaine, who died at age 89 after a long illness. I showed up just a few minutes before the service began, as is my way, and settled in next to my little sister, Betsey. Displayed on the dais of the funeral… Continue reading Better Together

Solstice Satisfaction

Few things are better than summer. Garden vegetables, hospitable southern humidity, and strong cold drinks mark the season that'd come to be remembered for one thing: adventures. Whether you're hosting a garden party, day-tripping to your favorite city, cruising the Bold City by bike, or strolling the beach at sunset; Summer is meant for activity.… Continue reading Solstice Satisfaction